Policy https://business-spirit.news/ en Zero-pollution future becomes top priority in high-level policy cooperation https://business-spirit.news/news/zero-pollution-future-becomes-top-priority-in-high-level-policy-cooperation <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Zero-pollution future becomes top priority in high-level policy cooperation</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/zero-pollution-future-becomes-top-priority-in-high-level-policy-cooperation" data-a2a-title="Zero-pollution future becomes top priority in high-level policy cooperation"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" 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href="/topic/zero-pollution" hreflang="en">Zero Pollution</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Zero-pollution future becomes top priority in high-level policy cooperation" title="Zero-pollution future becomes top priority in high-level policy cooperation" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/959.jpg?itok=C_JIBbOK" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Public and private pollution issues will be addressed with urgency and a holistic approach under a new cooperation agreement led by the European Commission and UN Environment Programme.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2831 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2832 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>At the first-ever Policy Dialogue on Zero Pollution held in Brussels in early December 2021, a new agreement was formed to urgently reduce pollution as part of a <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/index_en" target="_blank">European Commission</a> (EC) and <a href="https://www.unep.org/" target="_blank">UN Environment Programme</a> (UNEP) led cooperation.</p> <p>To address pollution caused by public and private sector attending parties agreed on an integrated and holistic approach with the active involvement of EU institutions, UNEP, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).</p> <p>A closer EC-UNEP cooperation will focus on synchronising respective zero pollution action plans and increasing their attention to nature protection and restoration as potential solutions to tackle the triple planetary crisis of climate, biodiversity, and pollution.</p> <blockquote> <p>“We welcome the efforts made to tackle pollution on the global scene, both by UNEP and other partners. Pollution knows no borders, and we must work together to achieve a cleaner and healthier future,”</p> </blockquote> <p>said Astrid Schomaker, EC, DG Environment, Director for Global Sustainable Development, about the new agreement.</p> <p>He added that “to address pollution in a holistic way, nature-based solutions and moving to more circular economies in particular” are crucial in creating a common zero-pollution agenda.</p> <p>At the Zero Pollution Policy Dialogue, top-level international organisations discussed selected areas where follow-up and cooperation between the Commission and UNEP are most prospective and applicable in short to medium term.</p> <p>Key areas of cooperation include:</p> <ol> <li> Promoting multilateral cooperation;</li> <li>Strengthening political support and capacities to reduce air, water and marine pollution, promote the sound management of chemicals and waste and address transboundary pollution;</li> <li>Spearheading a circular lifecycle approach in high-impact sectors and value chains such as transport, building and construction, food and agriculture, electronics, textiles, plastics;</li> <li>Increasing cooperation on the trade of potentially polluting products and waste by promoting strategies including a “safe and sustainable by design” approach, green chemistry, “non-toxic” circularity and integrated waste management;</li> <li>Developing data and knowledge to help policymakers with a solid scientific basis to track progress and address pollution, improve our air quality, reduce source to sea pollution, reduce health impacts, and enhance opportunities for pollution-free economies.</li> </ol> <p>Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, UNEP, Director, Economy Division, said:</p> <blockquote> <p>“Now is the time to consider how transformational change in key sectors of the economy can address the pollution crisis. UNEP and the EC will be working together and with the main stakeholders across key sectors, where opportunities to enhance economic, social and environmental benefits can be harnessed in tandem.”</p> </blockquote> <p>This cooperation framework is part of Chapter 5 of the new Annex of the Memorandum of Understanding (<a href="https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/european-commission-and-unep-strengthen-cooperation-renewed" target="_blank">MoU</a>) that was signed by the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme in February 2021.</p> <p>There are various activities, programmes and projects where the cooperation between the European Commission and UNEP have substantially advanced progress in areas with common concerns such as biodiversity, sustainable consumption and production, circular economy and resource efficiency, climate change, pollution, water resources, sound chemicals, waste management, environmental monitoring and more.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/low-angle-photo-of-nuclear-power-plant-buildings-emtting-smoke-3044470/" target="_blank">Markus Distelrath from Pexels</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. December</div> Wed, 15 Dec 2021 10:50:52 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 211 at https://business-spirit.news EU Green Deal climate package set out to fundamentally change lives and businesses until 2030 https://business-spirit.news/news/eu-green-deal-climate-package-set-out-to-fundamentally-change-lives-and-businesses-until-2030 <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>EU Green Deal climate package set out to fundamentally change lives and businesses until 2030</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/eu-green-deal-climate-package-set-out-to-fundamentally-change-lives-and-businesses-until-2030" data-a2a-title="EU Green Deal climate package set out to fundamentally change lives and businesses until 2030"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" 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and businesses until 2030" title="EU Green Deal climate package set out to fundamentally change lives and businesses until 2030" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/724.png?itok=xJYsKy-z" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Making Europe the world&#039;s first climate-neutral continent is the primary goal of the recently introduced EU Commission proposal package.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2179 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2180 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The European Commission adopted a package of proposals on 14 July to apply significant changes in the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies to cut net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.</p> <p>The goal is to make Europe the world's first climate-neutral continent until 2050 by <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal/delivering-european-green-deal_en" target="_blank">embracing the European Green Deal</a> in the next decade.</p> <p>The proposal introduced by the European Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the recently adopted <a href="https://business-spirit.news/news/achieving-a-climate-neutral-eu-by-2050-becomes-a-legal-obligation-to-all-member-states" target="_blank">European Climate Law</a>.</p> <p>These changes aim to fundamentally transform the European economy and society to create a fair, green and prosperous future.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2183 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2181"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rQbcSBz-FFM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The European Commission on delivering the European Green Deal</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2182 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said:</p> <p>“The fossil fuel economy has reached its limits.</p> <p>We want to leave the next generation a healthy planet as well as good jobs and growth that does not hurt our nature.</p> <p>The European Green Deal is our growth strategy that is moving towards a decarbonised economy.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2184 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>Europe was the first continent to declare to be climate neutral in 2050, and now we are the very first ones to put a concrete roadmap on the table.</p> </blockquote> <p>Europe walks the talk on climate policies through innovation, investment and social compensation.”</p> <p>The package introduces a comprehensive and interconnected set of proposals that will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions until 2030.</p> <p>The specific targets are a combination of new strategies applied in various sectors.</p> <p>Plans are mainly focusing on emissions trading to new sectors and a tightening of the existing EU Emissions Trading System; increased use of renewable energy; greater energy efficiency; a faster roll-out of low emission transport modes and the infrastructure and fuels to support them; an alignment of taxation policies with the European Green Deal objectives; measures to prevent carbon leakage; and tools to preserve and grow our natural carbon sinks.</p> <p>What to expect as part of the new plans:</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2187 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2185 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from specific economic sectors every year. The Commission proposal aims to reduce the overall emission cap further and increase its annual rate of reduction. This would mean to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS. Besides, a separate new emissions trading system is set up for fuel distribution for road transport and buildings. The Commission also proposes to increase the size of the Innovation and Modernisation Funds.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2186 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/725.jpg" width="825" height="534" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Phasing out free emission allowances for aviation is part of the EU Green Deal proposal; Image: John McArthur, Unsplash</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2188 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.</li> <li>The<a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/effort-sharing-regulation_en" target="_blank"> Effort Sharing Regulation</a> assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries.</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2191 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2189 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/726.jpg" width="621" height="409" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors; Image:Randy Fath, Unsplash</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2190 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/revision-regulation-inclusion-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-removals-land-use-land-use-change-and-forestry_en" target="_blank">Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture</a> sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertiliser use and livestock.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2192 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/amendment-regulation-setting-co2-emission-standards-cars-and-vans_en" target="_blank">Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans</a> will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring the average emissions of new cars to come down by 55% from 2030 and 100% from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. <strong>As a result, all new vehicles registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. </strong>To ensure that drivers can charge or fuel their cars at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity as well.</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>This will require charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.</p> </blockquote> <ul> <li>The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/refueleu-aviation-sustainable-aviation-fuels_en" target="_blank">ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative</a> will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports.</li> <li>A revision of the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/revision-energy-tax-directive_en" target="_blank">Energy Taxation Directive</a> proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels.</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2194"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2193 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A new <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/carbon-border-adjustment-mechanism_en" target="_blank">Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism</a> will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to ‘carbon leakage'.</p> <p>Instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe, this regulation will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline.</p> <p>It also aims to encourage industry leaders outside the EU and international partners to take steps in the same direction.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2195 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Sharing responsibility evenly across different sectors and Member States, and providing additional support where appropriate is critical in making these changes happen.</p> <blockquote> <p>A new Social Climate Fund was also proposed to ensure a fair social transition and provide dedicated funding to Member States.</p> </blockquote> <p>This support would help citizens finance investments in energy efficiency, new heating and cooling systems, and cleaner mobility.</p> <p>The Social Climate Fund will provide €72.2 billion of funding to Member States, for the period 2025-2032; with a proposal to draw on matching Member State funding, the Fund would mobilise €144.4 billion for a socially fair transition.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2196 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>Together, our proposals will spur the necessary changes, enable all citizens to experience the benefits of climate action as soon as possible, and provide support to the most vulnerable households. Europe's transition will be fair, green and competitive,”</p> </blockquote> <p>said Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal about the new proposal package.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/kNgDbdFbx68" target="_blank">Paul Hanaoka, Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. July</div> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:29:46 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 164 at https://business-spirit.news Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states https://business-spirit.news/news/achieving-a-climate-neutral-eu-by-2050-becomes-a-legal-obligation-to-all-member-states <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/achieving-a-climate-neutral-eu-by-2050-becomes-a-legal-obligation-to-all-member-states" data-a2a-title="Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states" title="Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/663.jpg?itok=b2Gg4mid" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Newly adopted European climate law is entering into force, ensuring climate neutrality in the EU in alignment with the Paris Agreement.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2112 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2113 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The European Council ended the European climate law's adoption procedure and set into legislation the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050.</p> <p>This step transforms the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en" target="_blank">European Green Deal</a>’s political commitment to EU climate neutrality by 2050 into a binding obligation, which means that the EU will aim for negative emissions afterwards.</p> <p>Parliament rapporteur Jytte Guteland (S&amp;D, Sweden) said:</p> <p>“I am proud that we finally have a climate law.</p> <p>We confirmed a net emissions reductions target of at least 55%, closer to 57% by 2030, according to our agreement with the Commission.</p> <p>I would have preferred to go even further, but this is a good deal based on science that will make a big difference.</p> <blockquote> <p>The EU must now reduce emissions more in the next decade than it has in the previous three decades combined, and we have new and more ambitious targets that can inspire more countries to step up.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2123 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2121 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/665.jpg" width="567" height="378" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The new EU climate law is entering into force; image:Unsplash</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2122 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The new law sets a binding Union climate target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions (emissions after deduction of removals) by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.</p> <p>By 30 September 2023, and every five years thereafter, the Commission will assess the collective progress made by all EU countries and the consistency of national measures towards the EU’s goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2115"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2114 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Now that the European climate law has been adopted by both the European Parliament and the Council, citizens and businesses have the legal certainty and predictability they need to plan for this transition.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2116 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Given the importance of independent scientific advice, and based on a proposal from Parliament, a European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change will be set up to monitor progress and to assess whether European policy is consistent with these objectives.</p> <p>In addition, an upcoming proposal from the Commission on the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/forests/lulucf_en" target="_blank">LULUCF Regulation</a> (Land use and forestry regulation for 2021-2030) to regulate GHG emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry, will increase EU carbon sinks and will hence de facto increase the 2030 EU’s target to 57%.</p> <p>At the same time, it will publish a projected indicative Union’s greenhouse gas budget for the period 2030-2050, together with its underlying methodology.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2120 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“I warmly welcome this final step of the adoption of the EU’s very first climate law, which enshrines into legislation the 2050 climate neutrality objective.</p> </blockquote> <p>An agreement on the European climate law has been a priority for the Portuguese Presidency and I am glad that we have successfully brought it over the finishing line,” said João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment and Climate Action.</p> <p>The Commission plans to present a series of proposals on 14 July 2021 in order for the EU to be able to reach the more ambitious 2030-target.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. July</div> Thu, 01 Jul 2021 17:29:39 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 155 at https://business-spirit.news New strategy for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture https://business-spirit.news/news/new-strategy-for-sustainable-and-competitive-eu-aquaculture <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>New strategy for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/new-strategy-for-sustainable-and-competitive-eu-aquaculture" data-a2a-title="New strategy for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" 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<div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/eu" hreflang="en">EU</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/sustainability" hreflang="en">Sustainability</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/aquaculture" hreflang="en">Aquaculture</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="New strategy for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture" title="New strategy for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/629.jpg?itok=Bn5q60Ay" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The Commission introduced new guidelines to make the EU aquaculture sector more resilient, increase competitiveness and improve climate performance within the industry.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2055 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2056 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Commission introduced new strategic guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture to contribute to the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en" target="_blank">European Green Deal</a> and, in particular, the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_884" target="_blank">Farm to Fork Strategy</a>.</p> <p>The new initiatives are designed to help further develop the EU aquaculture sector to become more resilient and increase competitiveness within the industry while improving its environmental and climate performance.</p> <p>Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for environment, oceans and fisheries, said at the launch event in Brussels:</p> <p>“Aquaculture has a growing role to play in the European food system.</p> <blockquote> <p>The sector can offer healthy food with a climate and environmental footprint generally below that of land-based farming.</p> <p>With the guidelines we adopted today, we want to position EU aquaculture production as the global reference for sustainability and quality, reduce our dependence on seafood imports and create more jobs, especially in coastal regions.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2059 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2057"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z2892L-2aWQ?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius debates the EU&#039;s sustainable blue economy</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2058 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>One in four of every seafood product consumed in Europe comes from aquaculture.</p> <p>However, most of the seafood consumption is covered by imports, making up around 60% of the total supply.</p> <p>There is a sizeable market growth potential for businesses in this sector, given that only 10% of EU seafood consumption comes from EU aquaculture.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2060 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Despite these commercial prospects, EU aquaculture production has only increased by 6% since 2007, and the EU's contribution to world aquaculture production represented less than 2% of the global output in 2018 (Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, 2020).</p> <p>EU Member States and stakeholders, notably those represented in the Aquaculture Advisory Council, prepared the guidelines and set four inter-related objectives for the further development of aquaculture in the Union:</p> <ul> <li>Building resilience and competitiveness</li> <li>Participating in the green transition</li> <li>Ensuring social acceptance and consumer information</li> <li>Increasing knowledge and innovation</li> </ul> <p>Looking at the challenges and opportunities of the EU aquaculture sector, the guidelines propose specific actions on several areas, including access to space and water, human and animal health, environmental performance, climate change, animal welfare, regulatory and administrative framework, and communication on EU aquaculture.</p> <p>As part of specific actions, the Commission proposes to develop detailed guidance documents regarding good practices in the most important areas.</p> <blockquote> <p>A dedicated Aquaculture Assistance Mechanism is part of these plans to support the development of those guidance documents, as well as the implementation of showcased good practices.</p> </blockquote> <p>The proposed guidelines will also support the substantial increase in organic aquaculture at the EU level, which feeds into the recently published <a href="https://business-spirit.news/index.php/news/food-businesses-need-to-prepare-for-the-new-eu-action-plan-for-organic-farming" target="_blank">Organic Farming Action Plan</a>.</p> <p>In recognition of the vital role, aquaculture plays in European food security, sustainable growth and employment, the Common Fisheries Policy foresees a system of strategic coordination of aquaculture policy in the EU.</p> <p>The Commission invites EU Member States to consider these new guidelines in their Multiannual National Strategic Plans for the development of the aquaculture sector and their support to the industry under the future European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) and other EU funds.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Harrison Haines from <a href="https://www.pexels.com/" target="_blank">Pexels</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. May</div> Tue, 18 May 2021 11:29:33 +0000 Anonymous 149 at https://business-spirit.news New EU Carbon Farming initiatives aim to fight climate change https://business-spirit.news/news/new-eu-carbon-farming-initiatives-aim-to-fight-climate-change <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>New EU Carbon Farming initiatives aim to fight climate change </span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/new-eu-carbon-farming-initiatives-aim-to-fight-climate-change" data-a2a-title="New EU Carbon Farming initiatives aim to fight climate change "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a 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href="/tag/net-zero" hreflang="en">Net Zero</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/carbon-management" hreflang="en">Carbon Management</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/eu" hreflang="en">EU</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/agriculture" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="New EU Carbon Farming initiatives aim to fight climate change " title="New EU Carbon Farming initiatives aim to fight climate change " class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/617.jpg?itok=EKpGNvgR" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The Commission plans to launch the carbon farming initiative by the end of 2021 based on the final report of a two-year study.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2021 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2022 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Commission published the final report of a two-year study on setting up and implementing carbon farming in the EU.</p> <p>Building on this study and other preparatory work – such as input from several EU-funded projects and events –, the Commission plans to launch the carbon farming initiative by the end of 2021.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2025 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2023 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The study “<a href="https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/10acfd66-a740-11eb-9585-01aa75ed71a1/language-en" target="_blank">Technical Guidance Handbook – setting up and implementing result-based carbon farming mechanisms in the EU</a>”, carried out from 2018 to 2020, explored key issues, challenges, trade-offs and design options to develop carbon farming.</p> <p>The publication reviewed existing schemes about protecting and developing natural carbon sinks and explored how to trigger carbon farming in the EU.</p> <p>It concludes that carbon farming brings benefits such as carbon sequestration and storage, increased biodiversity, and preservation of eco-systems.</p> <p>The research also explored how widespread adoption of carbon farming can be triggered in the EU.</p> <p>This recent study will serve as a guideline to help private actors and public authorities start increasing the number of carbon farming initiatives.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2024 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/618.png" width="426" height="599" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Technical Guidance Handbook – setting up and implementing result-based carbon farming mechanisms in the EU</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2026 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Frans Timmermans Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal said:</p> <p>“Our climate action must first and foremost reduce human-made emissions.</p> <p>But we also need to restore and protect natural carbon sinks, so that we can capture CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in our soils and forests.</p> <blockquote> <p>Carbon farming offers new income opportunities for farmers.</p> </blockquote> <p>It is an example of how the new Common Agricultural Policy's ecoschemes and private funding can reward agricultural practices that help us fight the climate and biodiversity crises.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2028"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2027 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Commission will promote carbon farming as a new green business model that creates a new source of income for actors in the bioeconomy.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2029 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Pilot initiatives should be developed at the local or regional level in order to gather experience to upscale carbon farming.</p> <p>This will enable improving design aspects, in particular the certification of carbon removals, and expanding stakeholders’ knowledge and understanding of the potential benefits for them.</p> <p>The research concludes that result-based carbon farming can contribute significantly to the EU’s efforts to tackle climate change, bringing benefits in terms of carbon sequestration and storage and other co-benefits, such as increased biodiversity and preservation of eco-systems.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2032 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2030 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/619.jpg" width="600" height="400" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The Commission will promote carbon farming as a new green business model; Image:Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2031 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Carbon farming can be promoted via EU and national policies and private initiatives.</p> <p>Member States will be able to accelerate the roll-out of carbon farming practices in the context of the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/key-policies/common-agricultural-policy/cap-glance_en" target="_blank">Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)</a>, for instance, via eco-schemes or rural development support and through State aid.</p> <p>This new type of financial support will create a new source of income for land managers.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2033 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In addition, as announced in the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/environment/strategy/circular-economy-action-plan_en" target="_blank">Circular Economy Action Plan</a>, the Commission is developing a regulatory framework for certifying carbon removals based on robust and transparent carbon accounting to monitor and verify the authenticity of carbon removals.</p> <blockquote> <p>Nature-based solutions that remove carbon from the atmosphere can help the EU achieve climate neutrality and should therefore be rewarded.</p> </blockquote> <p>Depending on the outcome of the CAP negotiations, eco-schemes can bring between 38-58 billion Euro to farmers.</p> <p>The Commission already included carbon farming in its recommendations to the Member States’ CAP Strategic Plans.</p> <p>Pilot projects are also co-financed by the EU through several channels, like the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/life" target="_blank">LIFE Programme</a> and the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/erdf/" target="_blank">European Regional Development Fund</a>.</p> <p>Furthermore, the Commission is organising a workshop on 25 May to help Member States design carbon farming schemes in their CAP Strategic Plans.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Quang Nguyen Vinh from <a href="https://www.pexels.com/" target="_blank">Pexels</a></span></p> </div> </div> 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April</div> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:22:13 +0000 Szilvia Szabó 146 at https://business-spirit.news Food businesses need to prepare for the new EU action plan for organic farming https://business-spirit.news/news/food-businesses-need-to-prepare-for-the-new-eu-action-plan-for-organic-farming <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Food businesses need to prepare for the new EU action plan for organic farming </span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/food-businesses-need-to-prepare-for-the-new-eu-action-plan-for-organic-farming" data-a2a-title="Food businesses need to prepare for the new EU action plan for organic farming "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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hreflang="en">Sustainable Agriculture</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/eu-commission" hreflang="en">EU Commission</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/food-industry" hreflang="en">Food Industry</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/organic-farming" hreflang="en">Organic Farming</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/eu" hreflang="en">EU</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Food businesses need to prepare for the new EU action plan for organic farming " title="Food businesses need to prepare for the new EU action plan for organic farming " class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/599.jpg?itok=WfCj2QyC" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The European Commission has presented its Action Plan for the development of organic production until 2030.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1955 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1956 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The European Commission has presented its recent <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/food-farming-fisheries/farming/documents/com2021_141_act_organic-action-plan_en.pdf" target="_blank">Action Plan for the development of organic production</a>.</p> <p>The overall aim of the new plan is to boost the production and consumption of organic products to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030 and increase organic aquaculture significantly.</p> <p>The initiative is announced in line with the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/food/farm2fork_en" target="_blank">Farm to Fork</a> and <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal/actions-being-taken-eu/eu-biodiversity-strategy-2030_en" target="_blank">Biodiversity strategies</a>, originally published by the EU Commission in May 2020.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1959 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1957"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1tXseroYYFs?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">EU Farm to Fork Strategy</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1958 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>These two strategies were presented in the context of the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en" target="_blank">European Green Deal</a> to enable the transition to sustainable food systems and tackle the key drivers of biodiversity loss.</p> <p>The Action Plan is designed to provide the already fast-growing organic sector with the right tools to achieve the 25% target.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1960 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It puts forward 23 actions structured around three axes – increasing production, boosting consumption and further enhancing the sustainability of the sector – to ensure balanced growth.</p> <p>Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, said:</p> <p>“Agriculture is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss, and biodiversity loss is a major threat to agriculture.</p> <p>We urgently need to restore balance in our relationship with nature.</p> <p>This is not something farmers face alone; it involves the whole food chain.</p> <blockquote> <p>With this Action Plan, we aim to boost demand for organic farming, help consumers make informed choices, and support European farmers in their transition.</p> </blockquote> <p>The more land we dedicate to organic farming, the better the protection of biodiversity in that land and in surrounding areas.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1963 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1961 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>There are many important benefits to organic production: organic fields have approximately 30% more biodiversity, organically farmed animals enjoy a higher degree of animal welfare and take fewer antibiotics.</p> <p>Besides, organic farmers have higher incomes and are more resilient, and consumers know precisely what they are getting thanks to the EU organic logo.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1962 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/600.png" width="600" height="400" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">EU organic logo</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1964 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Growing consumption of organic products will be essential to encourage farmers to convert to organic farming and therefore, increase their profitability and resilience.</p> <p>To this end, the Action Plan puts forth several concrete actions aimed at boosting demand, maintaining consumer trust and bringing food closer to citizens.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1967 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1965 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/601.jpg" width="600" height="400" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Promoting organic food is part of the EU&#039;s Action Plan; Image: Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1966 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This includes: informing and communicating about organic production, promoting the consumption of organic products, stimulating greater use of organics in public canteens through public procurement and increasing the distribution of organic products under the EU school scheme.</p> <p>Actions also aim to prevent fraud, increasing consumers’ trust and improving traceability of organic products.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1968 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Presently, about 8.5% of EU's agricultural area is farmed organically, and the trends show that with the present growth rate, the EU will reach 15-18% by 2030.</p> <p>This Action Plan provides the toolkit to make an extra push and reach 25%.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1970"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1969 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Currently, around 1.8% (€7.5 billion) of Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is used to support organic farming.</p> <p>The future CAP will include <strong>eco-schemes</strong>, which will be backed by a budget of €38 – 58 billion, for the period 2023 – 2027, depending on the CAP negotiations outcome.</p> <p>These eco-schemes can be deployed to boost organic farming.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1971 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Commission is encouraging Member States to develop national organic action plans to increase their share of organic farming and complement the national CAP strategic plans.</p> <p>Beyond the CAP, key tools include organising information events and networking for sharing best practices and certification for groups of farmers rather than for individuals, research, and innovation.</p> <p>The use of blockchain and other technologies is part of the plan to improve traceability, increase market transparency, reinforce local and small-scale processing, support the organisation of the food chain, and enhance animal nutrition.</p> <p>The Commission will also encourage the development of organic tourism networks through ‘<strong>biodistricts</strong>'.</p> <blockquote> <p>'Biodistricts' are areas where farmers, citizens, tourist operators, associations and public authorities work together towards the sustainable management of local resources, based on organic principles and practices.</p> </blockquote> <p>The Action Plan also aims to further improve organic farming's performance in terms of sustainability.</p> <p>To achieve this, actions will focus on improving animal welfare, ensuring the availability of organic seeds, reducing the sector's carbon footprint, and minimising the use of plastics, water and energy.</p> <p>The new Action Plan for organic farming will directly influence food businesses in the next few years within the EU to adopt sustainable practices and change their strategies.</p> <p class="font-xs-text-center"> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Photo by Daria Shevtsova from <a href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/variety-of-vegetables-on-display-1508666/" target="_blank">Pexels</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. April</div> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:01:29 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 141 at https://business-spirit.news